[ in-vahy-ting ]
/ ɪnˈvaɪ tɪŋ /


attractive, alluring, or tempting: an inviting offer.

Origin of inviting

First recorded in 1580–90; invite + -ing2
Related formsin·vit·ing·ly, adverbin·vit·ing·ness, noun

Definition for inviting (2 of 2)


[ verb in-vahyt; noun in-vahyt ]
/ verb ɪnˈvaɪt; noun ˈɪn vaɪt /

verb (used with object), in·vit·ed, in·vit·ing.

verb (used without object), in·vit·ed, in·vit·ing.

to give invitation; offer attractions or allurements.


Informal. an invitation.

Origin of invite

First recorded in 1525–35, invite is from the Latin word invītāre
Related forms

Synonym study

1. See call. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inviting (1 of 2)


/ (ɪnˈvaɪtɪŋ) /


tempting; alluring; attractive
Derived Formsinvitingly, adverbinvitingness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for inviting (2 of 2)


verb (ɪnˈvaɪt) (tr)

to ask (a person or persons) in a friendly or polite way (to do something, attend an event, etc)he invited them to dinner
to make a request for, esp publicly or formallyto invite applications
to bring on or provoke; give occasion foryou invite disaster by your actions
to welcome or tempt

noun (ˈɪnvaɪt)

an informal word for invitation
Derived Formsinviter, noun

Word Origin for invite

C16: from Latin invītāre to invite, entertain, from in- ² + -vītāre, probably related to Greek hiesthai to be desirous of
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